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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 4, 2007 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Revisited

Good deal, SDH! THIS is a list I can handle. No way am I gonna bust my brain doing a top 10shows for 10 different years EACH year like some of these other good folk have.

and so: (w/* highlights where appropriate)

1972: 9/28/72 *-Greatest "Greatest"

1973: 6/22/73 *-Top 3 Birdsong

1974: 2/24/74 *-Top 3 ChinaRider>Rider

1975: 8/13/75 (One from the Vault) *-The definitive live recorded performance of Help>Slip>Frank...and CrazyFingers for that matter.

1976: 6/14/76 *-3 words: Cosmic Freaking Charlie

1977: 10/29/77 *-OK, kids--say it with me now: "The Greatest Grateful Dead show of all time." Thanks!

1978: 4/16/78-*Top 3 Scarlet>Fire

1979: 1/10/79-*Top 3 Shakedown, DarkStar, Miracle

1981: 5/1/81-*Top 3 Althea, Let it Gow, Deal.

1982: 4/19/82-*Top 3 Estimated, Stella Blue. "...and then there came the Raven...knock, knock, knocking...No, not the dentist! Enough drilling for one night! Quoth the Raven--Nevermore."

Sacrificed cruelly by the constraints of a top TEN:

1984: 10/12/84-*ah, hell with it. To paraphrase Spinal Tap:
"This list goes to eleven."

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Poster: high flow Date: Apr 4, 2007 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Revisited

Hey Grendel - Thanks for giving notice to 1976. So unappreciated it is. June 1976 cannot be missed if you attempting to gain perspective of the changes the band underwent...

It is the meat between 2 of the most unique years in GD history. 1975, the hiatus and 1977 the greatest year of performances. 1976 is the Days Between.....

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 4, 2007 1:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Revisited

a very accurate description. You can actually hear them gradually thru '76 build up to the confidence level it took to play such precise shows in '77.

It was ground work, in a way. One thing '76 does have over '77 is that the set lists were more diverse and exploratory.

I think they took what worked from '76 (Help>Slip>Frank; Let it Grow; some testing of the early LL>Supplications) ....discarded some things that didn't, and used 1977 to really nail some of the aforementioned tunes. More rigid set lists, but played "just about perfect" at nearly every '77 show.

'76 is a great way to see the origins and evolution, if you will, of how they got there.

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Poster: rosey842 Date: Apr 4, 2007 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Revisited

grendel,

Thanks for the props to '76 & as to the 10/29/77 show, I don't know if I'd call it the "greatest show ever" but it is definitely my favorite of '77. I wasn't that big of a '77 fan until I listened to this show. Energy galore, song choice, set openers, wow! Opened my eyes to the rest of the year.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 5, 2007 2:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Revisited

Really glad you took the time to check that one out.

I'm obsessed w/it and don't really expect anyone to declare as I do that it's the "best ever" show...it just is to my ears, and THE prime example of what made 1977 such an incredible year.

You sum it up well--the 1st set is almost as powerful as the 2nd, and you can tell right from the killer MIGHT AS WELL opener it's a magic night.

10/29/77 has all time favorite versions for me of ALL the following:

MIGHT AS WELL, JACK STRAW, FOTD, BERTHA, EYES, ST STEPHEN, BLACK PETER and SUGAR MAG (did you hear Weir start to crack up before the SSDD, after Mickey and Billy do that crazy impromptu drum duet at the end of SugarMag? listen again if you missed it).